The pioneering hyperlocal site, EveryBlock, has closed. At one stage it set a standard for converting local data into web content --- for instance, mapping criminal incidents in a district --- but did not find a business model as others crowded into its space. NBC, which bought EveryBlock when its initial grant funds ran their course, announced the closure today.
Copy editors have been hardest hit by cuts in newsrooms, suggests a report from the King's Journalism Review at the University of King's College in Halifax. The report from Natascia Lypny raises the notion that standards are being affected as editors are dwindling. Poynter's Jeff Sonderman augmented her report with data of his own that suggests an even larger decline.
Tom Rosenstiel, the respected veteran news executive now running the American Press Institute, launched his column today at Poynter and it plans to explore the intersection of journalism and building community. "Journalism has always been a service connecting people to one another, to government, to goods and services, to social institutions and more — in other words, the creation of communities," he writes. "Looked at that way, technology is no threat to journalism’s future. It is its opportunity. It is a new dazzling set of tools. It is, as it has always been, the next journalism."